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Born To Do This: JCI Core Design Graduate, Shawnice Lauder-Blake

20
09.2018

After Shawnice Lauder-Blake graduated high-school, she attended Grant Macewan University in Edmonton, where she was double-majoring in Anthropology and Greek and Roman studies. Shawnice had a love for ancient civilization, however, there was something holding her back from pursuing this as a career. She expressed a love for fashion and designing lingerie was her ultimate goal.

Meet 24-year-old Shawnice Lauder-Blake, a lingerie designer for her brand Fox Fantasy. 

Born in Penticton, B.C. and raised in Victoria, Shawnice moved to Vancouver to pursue her dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

“I wanted a change in life and wanted a career that I would love every minute of. And that’s when I decided to enroll at JCI.”

Aside from hearing that John Casablancas Institute is an influential school with a diversity of teachers who work in the fashion industry, Shawnice wanted to receive hands-on experience from those who know first-hand what it’s like.

Editorial Photoshoot with JCInstitute

“I chose to enroll in the Core Design Program for myself. I wanted to be in control of the design process from start to finish, which is why now I can design and sew every piece for my brand.” 

During her time at JCI, Shawnice interned with Vancouver Fashion Week where she was able to learn a lot about the fashion industry in the city and local designers. She also had the opportunity to intern as a Marketing Coordinator with Vancouver-based jewelry brand, House of Max, where she learned all things marketing and more about jewelry, which was an advantage for Shawnice since she plans to incorporate jewelry in her future collections.

“My favorite part of being at JCI was learning the different areas in the fashion industry and being able to hone in on what my strengths are. As well as learning from many amazing teachers to refine my skills.” 

Designing lingerie was something that came to Shawnice naturally. Her drive for this brand may have come from her being a huge believer of the Free Nipple Movement and SlutWalks. But she also loves the way lingerie could bring up one’s confidence and make them feel sexy without even trying.

“I always wanted to have a healthy balance in life between work and home life. I wanted to pursue a career where I could work from home and be able to start a family and be there with them while doing something I love. My brand Fox Fantasy came from this.”

Fox Fantasy is designed for those who are empowered by their lust. The brand offers erotic fetish lingerie for women who fall in love with the darkness and all that it offers. It’s for those who embrace their sexual desires and passion, and the sensual woman who embodies playfulness, and femininity in every way.

“I want my brand to accentuate the natural curves of the body. Not to take away from the natural body.”

Shawnice is currently working on a new dusty and rose collection which offers a soft feminine touch, unlike her previous collection which consisted of dark and lace pieces.

“I absolutely love the lingerie brands Something Wicked and Honey Birdette. Both of these companies inspire me with there sexy, erotic styles. I am super inspired by Honey Birdette pushing boundaries and placing ads that showcase the nipple, without blurring them out.”

A day in Shawnice’s life goes a little something like this: coffee is crucial. Before even thinking about her day, she needs her daily dose of caffeine and then this fashion designer is off to her studio working on her designs. When she isn’t working on her brand, she is constantly looking up inspiration and different fabrics on her internet. At the end of the day, you can find Shawnice snuggled up with her three cats.

“I am working on taking photography classes to learn the different aspects of working a camera and getting the perfect photos I want to represent my brand.”

Although it can be tough finding a balance between work and life, the fashion industry is an amazing place to work in for designers, especially when you have individuals who enjoy wearing your designs. The only struggle Shawnice tells us is that she sometimes feels ‘expected’ to push new products or follow trends, but she is definitely no trend-follower.

“If I do get into a trend, it’s usually when it’s obsolete.” 

Shawnice is currently working on many new projects, including taking up photography lessons and exploring new silhouettes. Keep up with Shawnice while she is aiming to release a lookbook in 2019 and have her website running.

Shop Fox Fantasy


In a time when we are so removed from where our clothing comes from, it takes a special individual to want to pursue fashion design- a person who understands how rewarding it feels to make something with their own hands. Someone who possesses an innate desire to create and is determined to bring their unique vision to the world. In the Core Fashion Design program, you’ll start with something as abstract as a sketch and turn it into a collection. We’ll provide you with the most advanced and relevant curriculum, while training in an environment that’s similar to a real fashion design company, so you can make your mark on the world as a designer.

This 26-week Fashion Design program consists of in-depth theory, practical knowledge, additional open lab time and hands-on, creative projects. To ensure that your training is current and cutting edge, we’ve teamed up with top fashion designers from Alexander McQueen, Aritzia, Lululemon, Helly Hansen, Kit and Ace, and OAK+FORT, giving you access to some of the most design-oriented minds in the city. We asked these industry leaders what they’re looking for in recent graduates, and incorporated their wants and needs into an efficient 6-month design program. By the end of the program, you’ll showcase your debut collection to a live audience at the JCI Graduating Fashion Show.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Hair

Hair Trends You Need To Try This Fall

14
09.2018

It seems as if wigs have become popular than ever and almost everyone is rocking a different wig nowadays. If you’re not like Kylie Jenner changing up your wig from day to night, then you’ve come to the right blog post. From finger waves to pixie cuts, here is a list of trending hairstyles you need to try this season.

The Top Knot

The top knot hairstyle will become your ultimate go-to look, not only because it can be styled within 5 minutes or less without watching a Youtube tutorial, but because it is a classic hairstyle that requires minimal effort.

To create this look, pull back hair away from the face and tie a bun at the crown of the head or mid-way. The position of the bun is up to you and you can play around with the bun by adding braids or leaving hair out, (the half-up, half-down kind of look).

Pixie Cuts

The easy breezy pixie cut is back and here to stay for Fall. Maintaining this hairstyle is very simple and requires little effort. If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy spending hours every day on your hair, then the pixie cut could be perfect for you.

Converted Ponytail and Braids

Have fun changing up your ponytail this Fall by adding braids and twists. The converted ponytail is an easy and quick look to accomplish, requiring you to twist back your hair and tuck it into a hairband.

Braids are changing every season and this is one playful look you can achieve by braiding your hair with the top knot look, as seen on the runway at Jil Sander’s show.

Finger Waves

The finger wave is a throwback hairstyle creating an edgy look for those with short hair. Click here to watch a tutorial on how to get this look.

The Return of the Fringe 

We were surprised to hear that Fringe is back, but there’s a part of us that is very intrigued by this style. Styling hair swept across your face is definitely a daring look and was seen on the runways at fashion week this year.

Hair Products You Need:

Spiral hair ties became a popular trend this year and we can all admit that whoever thought of using these ‘keychain inspired’ ties is a genius. Moving forward from spiral hair ties, we’ve discovered new products for your hair that will make your life easier.

Bungee Elastics 

Featured in Vogue, InStyle, Allure, and more, bungee elastics are the new trending hair products that will become your best friend. These products are used for upkeeping up-dos and ponytails and were used on models backstage throughout New York Fashion Week.

Hair Bungee offers both original and silicon versions of this product. Click here to view tutorials on how to use bungee elastics.

All in One Texturizing Dry Shampoo Paste

Available mid-September, the dry shampoo texturizing paste by Frédéric Fekkai absorbs excess oils from your hair and add volume. This product is easy to use and can be kept with you at all times as it comes in the perfect travel-size.


Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion

Lyndsey Jackson Shows a Sneak Peek of her SS19 Collection on CBC Vancouver

12
09.2018

This afternoon John Casablancas Institute Core Fashion Design graduate Lyndsey Jackson was invited to CBC Radio Vancouver to show a sneak peek of her Spring/Summer 2019 collection which she will be revealing at Vancouver Fashion Week on Wednesday September 19th.

Lyndsey was joined by Jamal Abdourahman, founder of VFW, and local menswear designer Jason Siu. Jamal had the pleasure of introducing the designers and a sneak peek at their collection. VFW returns for the 18th year on September 17th to September 23rd.

This will be Lyndsey’s second year showing at VFW. Her brand Phased by LJ is a women’s contemporary brand that focuses on simple designs which incorporate asymmetry in the cut, colors and fabrics. All pieces from her collection are locally crafted and designed.

“My inspiration comes from Japanese and Korean designers. I love durable fabrics and incorporating both knit and woven materials, sometimes even on the same garment.” 

Lyndsey’s SS19 collection, “Feels Like TWENTYSOMETHNG” pulls inspiration from the past decades of her life and her experiences she has encountered in the previous 10-years, including music, travel and more.

Her previous collection consisted of dark monochromatic pieces, and this season she has switched it up to a more lighter theme, including white and grey prints and summer inspired garments.

“I was experimenting with a lot of textures more so than colors, and a digitally printed fabric for this collection. I re-purposed material from clothes I wore throughout my twenties.” 

Here is a sneak peek at the two looks Lyndsey revealed on CBC Vancouver today:

For the first look, model Tatum Robinson wore a cropped s/s version of the classic model pant from her previous collection. Lyndsey always creates matching set pieces: both pants and tops. The head-wrap that the model styled in her hair is made from leftover trims of fabric from each look.

The second look is a geometrically textural fabric made from poly rayon spandex. The grey shaper mesh top is durable and fabulous for layering.

Makeup and hair for both stunning looks were created by JCI Makeup Artistry graduate Miguel Peralta.

“My team has put together some great visuals for the led screen with French-inspired music. I’m excited to show the digitally printed fabrics or this collection at Vancouver Fashion Week.”

Don’t miss out on Lyndsey Jackson’s SS19 show at VFW on Wednesday September 19th at 5:30 PM. 

Shop Phased by LJ


In a time when we are so removed from where our clothing comes from, it takes a special individual to want to pursue fashion design- a person who understands how rewarding it feels to make something with their own hands. Someone who possesses an innate desire to create and is determined to bring their unique vision to the world. In the Core Fashion Design program, you’ll start with something as abstract as a sketch and turn it into a collection. We’ll provide you with the most advanced and relevant curriculum, while training in an environment that’s similar to a real fashion design company, so you can make your mark on the world as a designer.

This 26-week Fashion Design program consists of in-depth theory, practical knowledge, additional open lab time and hands-on, creative projects. To ensure that your training is current and cutting edge, we’ve teamed up with top fashion designers from Alexander McQueen, Aritzia, Lululemon, Helly Hansen, Kit and Ace, and OAK+FORT, giving you access to some of the most design-oriented minds in the city. We asked these industry leaders what they’re looking for in recent graduates, and incorporated their wants and needs into an efficient 6-month design program. By the end of the program, you’ll showcase your debut collection to a live audience at the JCI Graduating Fashion Show.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion

NYFW September 2018: Bloggers To Follow

07
09.2018

New York Fashion Week is here and we are beyond excited to see the runways, celebrities, epic street-style fashion and of course, blogger style and collaborations. If you can’t make it to NYFW, no need to worry because we will be following these influential fashion bloggers throughout fashion week and getting all the exclusive behind the scenes moments.

NYFW: Bloggers to Follow

Emma Leger / @emmaleger 

John Casablancas Institute Fashion Business & Creative Arts graduate Emma Leger quit her 9-5 job and attended NYFW for the first time in 2017 where she had the opportunity to work with Sabo Skirt. This year, Emma is returning to NYFW with her blogger squad: Nitsan Raiter, Sophie Suchan and Reina Silva. We can’t wait to see Emma’s New York style and collaborations. Follow along with Emma on her Instagram, or you can follow her entire squad on their group Instagram, sabotage3567.

Lillea Goian / @lillzkillz

There’s no stopping Lillea in her path to bigger and better things. From graduating the JCI Fashion Business & Creative Arts and Core Design program, Lillea has been unstoppable in the fashion industry. She has showcased her designs at Vancouver Fashion Week and Tokyo Fashion Week, and now will be taking on NYFW! Besides showing at NYFW, follow along for all of the behind the scenes on Lillea’s Instagram accounts: @lillzkillz and @_pr0fan1ty_.

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Janice Joostema / @janicejoostema 

Vancouver-based fashion blogger Janice Joostema definitely has one of the dreamiest aesthetic Instagram layouts and is a fashion icon. Janice has 1.3 million Insta-followers and is on her way to New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week! Keep up with Janice and her adventures via her Insta-stories.

Linds Rosso / @looksbylinds 

With 11.1K followers and an Instagram that inspires, Looks by Linds is a Vancouver-based blogger destined for great things. She has collaborated with brands including Urban Planet and Urban Decay Cosmetics. We are so excited to see what this fashion star will be up to in New York!

Other non-Vancouverite bloggers, you need to keep up at NYFW with include: 

@oliviarink

@happilygrey

@rocky_barnes

@emily_luciano

@tessalindsaygarcia


Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

 

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Events

The Ultimate Back-To-School Checklist

04
09.2018

The summer holidays are officially over and it’s time to head back-to-school prepared. You may think you have it all together and you’re ready to start your new semester or the first day of classes, but here is a checklist to make sure you have everything you need to be focused and organized this year.

SCHOOL / DESK SUPPLIES 

PACK YOUR LUNCH

Whether you’re the type of person who packs their lunch the night before or the morning of, always have lunch and lots of snacks prepared for your day. Often we forget to pack a lunch and end up fiddling through our wallets while stuck in a 20-minute line up at Tim Hortons. Don’t let that happen to you all throughout the school year.

You can also meal prep for the week which tends to be easier and will save you a lot of time.

STUDYING ABROAD 

If you’re moving away from home then you have a much larger checklist to complete. Here’s a list of things to pack if you’re studying abroad this year.

DAILY TO DO LIST

Keeping a journal/agenda is very important. It will help you stay organized and focused on all tasks you need to get done in the present and future. If you struggle to keep a journal, write a to-do-list out each day to keep you motivated or use printables such as the following:

STUDY TIPS

When studying for tests, remember to attend study groups, go to the library or a quiet space, and put away your phone! It will only benefit you and keep you focused when studying. Always remember to take breaks and stay hydrated.

START OFF THE SEMESTER RIGHT

Good luck students and enjoy the new semester! – John Casablancas Institute


JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table.

Davneet Dhillon,
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